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Patent received for first programmable industrial robot

Patent received for the first programmable industrial robot

13 June, 1961

George Devol received the US patent 2,988,237 for “Programmed article transfer” on 13th June 1961. It resulted in the first programmable industrial robot, the Unimate, created by both Devol and Joseph Engelberger. The robotic (arm) was put to use on an assembly line where it picked up die castings and welded them on auto bodies.

The patent for the robot had been filed by Devol on 10th December 1954.

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